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Schumer to discuss student loans

Struggling to pay for college? Buried under a mountain of debt from student loans? Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., wants to hear from you.

Schumer is inviting students, graduates and parents to send him their stories via Twitter and Facebook or via his website at schumer.senate.gov/college-affordability. In a conference call with reporters Monday, he said this will help him in his effort to get Congress to address the college debt crisis this year.

Schumer noted that 61 percent of the state’s college graduates are paying off student loans and their average debt is more than $27,000. He said this keeps them from starting small businesses, living on their own or making major purchases, like homes and cars.

Schumer also announced that one of those indebted college students will be his guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday night. He’s Sean McAllister from West Islip, L.I., a junior at Syracuse University who already has more than $30,000 in student loans.